Nov. 27, 2008
Georgia Tech plays the second of six consecutive home games with a 7:30 p.m. tilt against Jacksonville Friday night at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The Yellow Jackets, 3-0 following a 74-47 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Tuesday night, have visits from Penn State, Vanderbilt, Illinois-Chicago and Georgia State coming up. Tech does not leave campus again until a Dec. 20-22 trip to California.
Tickets for the game are $20 and can be purchased at the gates beginning at 6 p.m.
Friday’s game is not on television, but the Georgia Tech radio broadcast can be heard on flagship station WQXI-AM (790) in Atlanta, as well as WREK-FM (91.1) and WTSH-FM (107.1). Live stats are available on www.ramblinwreck.com.
> A Tech win Tuesday night would produce the Jackets’ first 4-0 start since the 2006-07 season (5-0 start), and the fourth in the last six years.
> Tech head coach Paul Hewitt is beginning his ninth season with the Yellow Jackets (145-112) and his 12th season as a head coach (211-139). Hewitt ranks 20th all-time in victories among ACC coaches.
> Hewitt will be facing one of his former assistant coaches for the third time Friday night. Jacksonville head coach Cliff Warren was on Hewitt’s staff for eight years at Siena and Tech. Warren brought his Dolphins to Atlanta in December of 2005. Hewitt also faced former assistant Dean Keener when he was the head coach at James Madison during the 2004-05 season.
> The Dolphins, who played for the Atlantic Sun championship last year, come to Atlanta with an 0-4 record, but have lost each of their games, including road trips to Georgetown and Baylor, by less than 10 points.
> Georgia Tech was picked to finish eighth in the ACC by the media at the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Operation Basketball media gathering. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 15-17 season (7-9, tie for seventh in the ACC) from which only six players with starting experience return, two of whom are not available to play due to injury or academics.
Series With Jacksonville
> Georgia Tech trails in its all-time series with Jacksonville, 5-4, and also trail 2-1 in games played at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The Jackets have won the last two meetings.
> One of the two losses at the Thrillerdome occurred on Feb. 26, 1970, when the Dolphins were the nation’s sixth-ranked team led by All-American Artis Gilmore. Tech, led by its own All-American and all-time leading scorer, Rich Yunkus, held a 47-41 lead at halftime, but lost the game, 86-81. Yunkus won the individual battle with Gilmore, however, outscoring him 36-27.
> The teams first played in 1967, and most recently played Dec. 22, 2005, during Cliff Warren’s first season at the Dolphins’ head coach. Tech won that game, 92-67, at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
> Warren, now in his fourth season as JU’s head coach, was an assistant coach to Tech’s Paul Hewitt for eight seasons, three at Siena and five at Tech, before taking the top job with the Dolphins.
> Winston Neal, an assistant coach for Warren in his fourth season at JU, was a walk-on player at Tech for three years (1999-2001) and also a manager in 1998.
Aminu Spearheading Food Drive at Tech Games
Senior Alade Aminu and his non-profit company, Brotherhood of the World, are asking Georgia Tech basketball fans to donate non-perishable foods, toiletries, blankets and New International Version Bibles at the next five Georgia Tech home basketball games to be distributed to the Atlanta Union Mission.
Bins for donated items will be located inside each gate at Alexander Memorial Coliseum at each of the next five Tech home basketball games through Dec. 17. All of these items will be donated to the Atlanta Union Mission after the game on the 17th.
Aminu started his non-profit venture this summer as a a way for he and his teammates to manage and participate in community service projects – mentoring, tutoring and youth development – with local organizations and schools.